A Lady Bug literacy activity which includes letter match, and writing letters.
Read: “Five Little Ladybugs” by Melanie Gerth and Laura Huliska-Beith
Rhyme: Two Little Lady Bugs Flying To and Fro.
Materials needed: 4 pieces of construction paper: yellow, black, red, orange; word cards, letter cards, pencils, small lady bug pictures or stickers; scissors, glue.
Lady Bug, Lady Bug, fly away home.
Help the children create a peep out Lady Bug Adventure book!
Read: “Ladybug, Ladybug, What Will You do Today?” by Jo Cleland
Materials Needed: Construction paper, a variety of art supplies, glue, scissors, and little lady bugs.
Directions: Decide how many pages you will want for each book. Do one page each day.
Set a Lady Bug on the last page. Take the rest of the pages and cut a hole where you have placed the Lady Bug on the last page. In this way the Lady Bug peeks out through all of the pages.
On each page, write down an adventure that the child will dictate to you.
Little Lady Bugs are going to tell a story using “who,” “what,” “where,” and “when.”
Group Story: Literacy/Community Building
Rhyme: Once a Lady Bug by Debbie Hasbrook
Materials Needed: Construction paper, glue, glitter, sheet protector, poster sheet, black marker, yellow pipe cleaner, scissors, and glue marker.
Circle time spot/placemat: For each child, 1 piece each of red and black construction paper, 1 yellow pipe cleaner, scissors, glue, and marker.
Children cut: 2 circles for eyes, 5 circles for spots, 1 large red oval for body, 1 slightly smaller oval for wings and head. See example below to construct Lady Bug.
Step two: Explain the story starter cards.
Who= the people, animals etc. who are in the story. Let the children practice coming up with whom.What= what is happening, going to happen, happened; an activity, event, or situation. Let the children practice coming up with what.Where= where do things happen, or where do people go in the story. Let the children practice where.When= When do things happen; before and after a situation, event, time, activity. Let the children practice where.
Step Three: Creating the story. Have a child pick a story starter card. Have that child choose what will happen.
Example: Child picks “who.” Ask the child, “Choose one person who will be part of the Lady Bug family.” Write the name on the poster paper.
Let the children work on their own stories. If a child cannot write yet, let them draw their picture, and dictate their story for you to write out for her/him.
Do you ever wonder why ladybugs have spots? Or what a baby ladybug looks like? Check out our cool resources to find out.
Crafts and games about ladybugs:
Ladybug Math and Logic Game
Ladybug Who What When Where Story
Ladybug Adventure Book
Ladybug Letter Match
Paper Plate Ladybug
Ladybug Adventure Game
The Discovery Channel also has some interesting facts about the life cycle of ladybugs
Would you like to play a game about ladybugs? Here is one from UC Berkeley.